WorkCover NSW Safety Alert issued – Dogging and Crane operations

WorkCover NSW has issued another safety alert, this time drawing attention to dogging and crane operations. The alert was issued after 2 incidents involving doggers who were seriously injured during crane operations where goods were being unsafely craned. The incident in question during which the 2 doggers were injured happened when a 1.2 tonne I-beam […]

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Video on Dealing with Manual Handling Hazards

Contrary to the beliefs of many workers, manual handling hazards arise from more than just lifting. Manual handling is any activity that involves lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining. It may also include stretching and bending, sustained and awkward postures and repetitive movements. Manual handling can result in musculoskeletal injuries to workers. A […]

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40 People Die after China Mudslide

Tragedy has once again struck in Zhongxing, Western China where up to 40 people are believed to be buried after flooding triggered a landslide. The natural disaster destroyed a high profile memorial in the process, the memorial was ironically in memory of another devastating natural disaster, an earthquake in 2008 which claimed thousands of lives. […]

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Crane Company Charged over Worker Fall

An incident which occurred recently is a reminder to companies in the building industry that their actions or inaction can result in serious even bankrupting financial consequences. A crane hire company and it’s director received a fine totalling $71,000 after one young worker was left unsupervised and unprotected for work from a height when he […]

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Landslip Fears Close Lane on busy Canberra Road

For construction workers a bit of rain can be more than just inconvenient, it can actually be disastrous. Although rain especially when it is not anticipated beforehand can be detrimental to productivity because it can make building materials and supplies mouldy, such as drywall or wood, it also can delay concrete delivery because humidity or […]

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Preventing structural collapse of Buildings, Bridges and Structures

One of the problematic issues facing construction workers recently has been the potential structural collapse of buildings and structures. The issue is particularly relevant during construction, demolition and refurbishment work. The collapse of buildings and structures can cause serious injury and even death to employees as well as members of the public – the recent […]

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Man Struck by Beam on Construction Site

A tragic accident on a construction site in Chicago, United States is an example of why workers need to undergo general construction safety training. Freak accidents such as the one that occurred on the campus of a university in Chicago is a tragic reminder of the dangers of construction work and why safety needs to […]

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Strict New Restrictions relating to Apprentices on Construction Sites

According to WorkSafe ACT, apprentices undertaking high risk work at construction sites in Canberra will be safer under their new crackdown.   Commissioner Mark McCabe is releasing two sets of guidance requirements for the supervision of apprentices.   They include a ban on trainees and apprentices working without the mandated supervision or working without the […]

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